So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.
Colossians 3:1-2 MSG
DEVOTION – OCTOBER 13, 2019
Have you ever found yourself scrolling through your social media feeds, then looking up to find it’s been an hour? I admit it: I have. I think, what am I doing? Why is being connected so important to us? We know we need to be in community, but does that include the digital world?
Our world tells us yes!
Research indicates we check our phones on an average of 52 times a day and spend over three hours a day on our phones. Why? Many would say it’s essential for business; others conclude that it creates busyness and noise in our lives.
Paul tells us in Colossians 3:1-2 (MSG): Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ–that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.
Am I looking up and being alert to God, or am I absorbed in my worldly walk? According to my Apple watch, it’s the latter. It taps me hourly and reminds me to breathe! When this tap occurs, I stop, breathe deeply, and repeat Psalm 46:10: Be still and know that I am God. This time of stillness redirects my perspective from earthly to eternal.
Over the last three weeks, I continue to hear “look up.” Has God tapped you to do something different lately?
Knowing the end of a decade is near and 2020 is right around the corner, I am encouraged to obey and to continue to look up with:
- Daily quiet time
- Connecting with those in my life: co-workers, friends, neighbors, and even strangers in my path
- Putting people over the phone
- Intentional fasting from apps
- Looking up for his perspective
God loves you unconditionally and desires a relationship with you! I encourage you sit quietly in his presence and ask God to speak into your life and heart. He may whisper the same words to you: look up!
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